Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski future: Real Madrid, Man United best option?

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski wants a new challenge, according to his new agent Pini Zahavi, but where will he get it? The Poland international is one of the best strikers in the world, so will have no shortage of suitors. But how likely is it that he will join them?

Real Madrid

Real are Lewandowski’s “dream club” and the interest is reciprocated with the player’s former agent Cezary Kucharski regularly courted by the Spanish giants in the past. Lewandowski remains desperate to win the Champions League so a move to the serial winners makes sense. However, Real’s interest has reportedly cooled off in recent weeks and the striker didn’t exactly set the world alight in his audition — failing to score in his last five Champions League matches, including both semifinals against Real.

Anything is possible in this transfer market though and with Cristiano Ronaldo fuelling speculation about his future, there could be a huge transfer merry-go-round after the World Cup. Real are reportedly reluctant to pay a huge transfer fee for Lewandowski who will soon turn 30, but they do have a few assets like Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema that the Bundesliga champions might be interested in.

Bale’s representatives have reportedly opened an office in Munich, while Real were happy to do business with Bayern over James Rodriguez last summer. Bayern’s longest serving player Franck Ribery is also a good friend of Benzema. So a deal could happen.

Lewandowski lure factor: 8/10

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is another keen admirer of Lewandowski, recalling the pair having a conversation after Lewandowski’s four-goal blast helped dump Mourinho’s Real side out of the Champions League in 2013.

Mourinho has often complained how hard it is to prize talent away from Bayern but with Zahavi’s help this may now finally come to fruition. Sport Bild reported that United are the only club happy to stump up a €100m plus transfer fee, while the Red Devils also have a few assets that Bayern might covet, including Anthony Martial, sadly underachieving at Old Trafford.

They did spend £75m on Romelu Lukaku last summer, but it’s always nice to have options up front.

Lewandowski lure factor: 8/10

Paris Saint-Germain

Zahavi brokered the €222 million world-record deal to bring Neymar to the club so the Parisians are obviously major players in the hunt for Lewandowski’s services. With former BVB coach Thomas Tuchel taking over in the summer, PSG need players of Lewandowski’s calibre to take them to the next level — although the French champions possess little of the Champions League pedigree that Lewandowski clearly yearns for.

With PSG baulking at paying a huge transfer fee due to FFP, Zahavi is reportedly trying to initiate a swap deal, offering Bayern some cash and throwing Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani into the mix as a makeweight. Not a bad deal for either side.

Lewandowski lure factor: 6/10


Zahavi said “all of the top clubs” are interested so we have to presume Barcelona are also monitoring the situation. Closely linked to Real in the past, the opportunity to get one over their bitter rivals might be attractive to the La Liga champions, who will smarting from their premature exit in Europe.

While Antoine Griezmann remains the more likely to sign for Barca, it’s a mouth-watering prospect to imagine Lewandowski feeding off Lionel Messi — though, in a similar vein to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he might not suit the Catalans’ style of play perfectly. And that’s before you consider the future of Luis Suarez.

Lewandowski lure factor: 4/10


The Old Lady don’t immediately spring to mind as major contenders for Lewandowski but in Paolo Dybala they do possess an asset that Bayern would love to have in their ranks. Bayern will only consider letting Lewandowski go if they have someone to replace him with and the exciting Argentinian Dybala definitely has the talent and age on his side. Juventus would be mad to let him go, though they might view Mario Mandzukic, a former fans favourite at Bayern and Champions League winner in 2013, as a better makeweight.

Lewandowski lure factor: 4/10


Chelsea are long-standing admirers and while reluctant to splurge cash on a massive transfer fee, the Blues are reportedly willing to offload Alvaro Morata in a swap deal plus cash.

However, massive uncertainty currently surrounds their coaching position with Antonio Conte seemingly set for the chop, while Chelsea can’t even tempt Lewandowski with Champions League football. This move doesn’t make any sense for Lewandowski if he is serious about chasing his European dream.

Lewandowski lure factor: 3/10

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola knows all about Lewandowski’s talents after their time together at Bayern between 2014-16, including a five-goal barrage in nine minutes (as a substitute) against Wolfsburg. The pair didn’t always see eye to eye though, with Lewandowski enduring periods parked out on the wing.

He surely wouldn’t waste the Poland striker’s talents in such a way given the options at his disposal in Manchester, and the prolific Sergio Aguero may soon need replacing, but it seems the most unlikely of the options.

Lewandowski lure factor: 2/10

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.